Airports Council International (ACI ) World has rolled out an accreditation programme to assess new health measures and procedures launched at airports in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Airport Health Accreditation programme aims to provide airports with the assessment of their safety measures with ICAO Council Aviation Restart Task Force (CART) recommendations, along with ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Covid-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol guidelines.

In addition, it will allow airports to demonstrate to passengers, staff, regulators, and governments that they are prioritising health and safety in a measurable and established manner.

The programme is voluntary and open to all ACI member airports of all sizes in all regions, noted ACI.

Topics covered by the accreditation include cleaning and disinfection, physical distancing, staff protection, physical layout, passenger communications and passenger facilities.

As part of the programme, airports are required to submit a completed questionnaire, along with supporting materials.

ACI will also conduct a virtual evaluation to determine that health measures are being applied in accordance with ICAO CART guidelines, as well as EASA and ACI recovery guidance.

ACI World director general Luis Felipe de Oliveira said: “While the Covid-19 pandemic’s effects have halted the airport industry at global level, airports are vital cogs in the aviation ecosystem, and our Airport Health Accreditation programme will help to restore passenger confidence in air travel.

“Key to this recovery will be reassuring the travelling public that airports are prioritising health and safety and providing safe and hygienic facilities.”

Earlier this month, ACI World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA ) called on governments to assume the expenses of public health measures.

The organisation recently released its Smart Security Vision 2040, offering its vision for seamless airport security screening operations in the post-Covid-19 era.